Cornbread is a crumbly quick bread that has a pillow-like texture and is both sweet and savory. These yellow, fluffy cubes may not seem addictive at first glance, but trust us, they are!
You can enjoy them as a savory snack all by themselves, or you can dunk them into a thick soup, or even use them to mop up a main dish.
Cornbread combinations are practically endless, but we’ve narrowed it down to 17 delectable combinations.
Below, you’ll find meals to serve with cornbread as a side dish, condiments for when you just want cornbread on its own, and everything in between.
You’ll also find a recipe for juicy fried chicken, and a hearty chicken pot pie. Let’s tuck in!
Chili And Stews
Cornbread just makes every soup better, and marries so well with beef stews, chili, or cream of chicken soups. Cornbread is a soft, fluffy bread that’s just made for dipping!
And spreading some butter and drizzling honey on your cornbread before dipping just takes the cornbread and soup combo to a whole new level.
Fried chicken and cornbread is a classic pairing, and the combination of sweet bread and savory fried chicken skin makes for one hearty, satisfying meal.
While frying your own chicken may seem daunting at first, it is actually rather straightforward, and this recipe tells you everything you need to know. All you really need is oil, a thermometer and a timer, and you can’t go wrong.
Does anything sound more comforting than creamy, warm chicken pot pie and buttery, soft cornbread? This is truly a divine combination, and to top it off beautifully we recommend enjoying it with a pitcher of freshly brewed iced tea.
Chicken pot pie is also loaded with protein and veggies, and you can’t beat a homemade pot pie. You just need a few simple ingredients to make our chosen recipe.
You need double pie crust, chicken that is either shredded from a rotisserie chicken, or chicken breasts you’ve cooked yourself, butter and flour to make the roux for the gravy sauce, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and peas, garlic and parsley for that aromatic flavor, chicken stock and cream for the creamy, rich gravy sauce, and salt and pepper.
From chicken to duck! A beautifully roasted duck is another great poultry dish to enjoy with a side of cornbread.
We normally associate duck with Asian flavors, so finding out it pairs so well with cornbread was a delightful surprise!
Duck is very savory, and the sweet cornbread balances out the flavor of the salty skin perfectly, for a beautifully balanced meal.
So many pork products pair well with cornbread that it’s hard to know where to start! But we’ll kick things off with bacon.
Crisp, smoky strips contrast the softness and sweetness of cornbread perfectly, and you can even add crumbled bacon bits to your cornbread batter as well as serve them on the side.
Either way you get a delightful savory and sweet meal!
We also can’t forget ham and cornbread, as this also makes for a reliably satisfying sweet and savory treat.
Finally, delicious, juicy, and tender roasted pork is also beautiful with a side of cornbread.
Since corndogs are so delicious, it makes sense that hotdogs and cornbread is a winning combination too. Mini-corndog muffins make for a fun, tasty breakfast, or you can just serve cornbread on the side of hotdogs.
This is a great meal for kids too, and will soon become their new favorite!
Whether you’re barbecuing beef ribs, chicken, or pork, cornbread needs to be a side at your next cookout. If only for mopping up that irresistibly smoky, sweet sauce!
Jalapeños and cornbread were meant to be together, like peanut butter and jelly!
Toss some jalapeños directly into your cornbread batter, and you’ll give your cornbread a boost of heat that makes it even more ideal for dunking in chili and soups.
If you’re making cornbread for a barbecue then it needs to have a hint of jalapeño!
The chili gives an incredible kick to the soft, sweet bread and gives it even more depth of flavor.
But to enhance the flavors even more, why not add some pepper jack cheese to the batter as well?
Apples & Onions
Trust us on this one, caramelized onions and soft apples make for one delicious cornbread topping.
Just sprinkle some sweet apples and savory onions on top of your cornbread and bake to perfection.
While any roasted vegetable will marry well with cornbread, we highly recommend Brussels sprouts.
Just coat them in oil and salt and pepper and sprinkle some crumbled bacon on top before popping them in the oven.
Once ready you’ll have a truly decadent cornbread! Sautéing vegetables in butter is also an excellent alternative to roasting.
Veggies sautéed in butter is so much creamier, therefore more delicious! Buttered vegetables and cornbread is a match made in heaven.
The only thing that could possibly taste better than roasted veggies with cornbread is greens and cornbread, but of course it all depends on your preference!
Collard greens, kale, and spinach all make for a satisfying meal when paired with cornbread.
We again recommend sautéing the greens of your choice, flavoring them with salt and pepper and a touch of garlic powder for extra deliciousness.
Butter is a simple ingredient that goes with everything, but we especially love it with cornbread. Slather a generous amount on top and melt it for a couple of seconds in the microwave for a quick, comforting snack.
We believe nothing is made worse with the addition of cheese, and cornbread is no exception! Cheese is also so versatile, and there are a number of cheeses that pair well with cornbread, from cotija and cream cheese, to feta and goat cheese.
Which cheese you choose to mix into your cornbread batter is up to you, just make sure it’s baked to perfection. For extra cheesy goodness, why not top with some melted cheddar, Gruyère, or pepper jack cheese?
Cornbread and milk is another combination that never fails, and is a reliably satisfying breakfast.
Cornbread that’s on the sweeter side makes for a comforting dessert, but is really elevated with a scoop of corn ice cream on top.
Cornbread topped with corn ice cream is a traditional dessert in Mexican cuisine, but if you can’t get your hands on corn ice cream, good ol’ vanilla works too.
Who doesn’t love a combination of sweet and salty? Drizzling honey over cornbread makes for some fantastic flavors, particularly served on the side of a meat dish.
Something is missing from cornbread if it isn’t slathered in a good jam, marmalade, or preserve. But if you’re trying to cut down on your sugar, opt for a spread that is low in sugar to spread on the naturally sweet cornbread.
We personally love fig, orange, or raspberry jam. Butter and jam is a classic combination for a reason!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cornbread Good For You?
Although it is pretty high in carbs and sodium, cornbread also contains a few key nutrients such as B vitamins, phosphorus, and selenium.
Cornbread is also a versatile bread, so you can make it as healthy as you want and can easily incorporate it into a balanced diet.
What Is The Difference Between Northern Cornbread And Southern Cornbread?
Northern cornbread is a lot less sweet than Southern cornbread, containing fewer eggs and yellow cornmeal for a crumblier bread.
Meanwhile, Southern cornbread is made with either white or yellow cornmeal, has a much butterier finish and uses a lot more eggs. The amount of eggs used in Southern cornbread gives it a cakier texture.
Why Is My Cornbread Falling Apart?
To improve the consistency of your cornbread, try using less flour or a different brand of flour.
Or, the issue may be that you’re using too much cornmeal. Too much cornmeal means the gluten in the flour will struggle to hold the bread together.
How Do You Make Cornbread Moist?
Oil not only helps your cornbread to keep its form, but it keeps it moist too and not too crumbly.
One tablespoon of oil should do the trick, but if you would rather your cornbread have a buttery flavor, then you can swap oil for melted butter.
But no matter how you make your cornbread, make sure to slather it in butter before serving.
Whether you want to enjoy cornbread as a side dish or for it to be the star of the show, the combinations are endless! But we hope our 17 picks have helped narrow down your choices for you.